Alabama's children will live and play in a toxic free environment.  Businesses and governments will reduce the use and prevent the release of air pollutants that are harmful to human health. Parents and caregivers will not be forced to stay indoors on bad air days or to take their at-risk family members to the hospital as a result of air pollution.  We see declines in asthma, learning disabilities, cancer and other health problems triggered by pollution, especially among children.  

Target: 

Alabama will have air that is free of toxics to human and ecological health as well as decreased industrial pollutants resulting in clean air to pass down to future generations. 

Key Strategies: 

► Educate citizens about the health impacts of breathing pollution and empower everyone to act on behalf of their inherent right to clean air.

► Initiate rulemaking at the state level that will provide guidelines to protect human health from dangerous impacts of air pollution.

► Promote business and industry participation in programs to improve air quality. Demonstrate the correlation between clean air and a thriving economy.

Accomplishments/Results: 

Major Clean Air Program Activities:

  • Organized hundreds of citizens in support of clean air and against rollbacks of air quality standards; engaged a standing room only crowd at a public meeting at our state regulatory agency in support of clean air
  • Participated in and promoted Alabama's CommuteSmart program
  • Joined litigation with Sierra Club and Our Children's Earth against violators of the Clean Air Act—the Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Published numerous Letters to the Editor, Opinion Editorials in publications statewide calling for Clean Air solutions and protection of air quality standards
  • Worked with ADEM Reform Coalition allies to promote improvements to Alabama's Air Toxics programs
  • Reached out to network of nationwide state regulatory agencies and organizations for support of efforts in Alabama
  • Met with and educated elected officials and decision makers regarding Alabama's air pollution issues and air quality regulations
  • Reviewed proposed ADEM Air Modeling Plan and the state of Alabama Ambient Air Monitoring Consolidated Network Plan and provided formal public comment
  • Provided leadership in Alabama for national and regional campaigns
  • Promoted renewable non-polluting sources of energy and--through much of our Energy program work--reached farther toward our goals for Clean Air.
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